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All Art Friday Spotlights
✦ Take a few minutes to check out this relatively new contemporary digital art magazine, Visual Language. You'll find browsable issues here. Each monthly has a theme or focus (for example, the May edition will feature landscapes, the June mixed media, and the July figurative art) that is complemented by spotlights on blogs, art reviews, and artists working in the medium. An online subscription is free.
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✦ Don't miss the excerpt from the video Golden Sea on painter Makoto Fujimura's Website and at Vimeo. (A Golden Sea monograph is forthcoming and will include a 25-minute extended cut.) If you have the opportunity to see Fujimura's work, do! His paintings are gorgeous, evocative, and profound. (See related item below.)
Makoto Fujimura's River Grace
✦ A permanent site-specific installation, Laib Wax Room, has been installed by Wolfgang Laib at The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. It opened last month. Earlier this year, Laib, whose work I first saw in a retrospective at the Hirshhorn Museum in 2000/2001, created what is to date his largest pollen installation, Pollen from Hazelnut, at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Below you'll find an ArtInfo video in which the artist talks about collecting pollen and his work's symbolism.
✦ Enjoy this interesting process video with Bruce Herman as he describes working on one of the panels included in "QU4RTETS", a collaborative exhibition with painter Makoto Fujimura, figurative painter Jeremy Begbie, and Yale composer Christopher Theofanidis responding in music, text, and visual art to T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets. A review of the exhibition catalogue is here. The exhibition is touring (it is at The Gallery at Barrington Center for the Arts, Gordon College, Wenham, Massachusetts, until May 1; gallery link), and plans are to take it to Japan, China, and the United Kingdom in the fall and winter.
Exhibitions Here and There
✭ Buffalo, New York's Albright-Knox Art Gallery is presenting through May 12 "Agnes Martin: The New York-Taos Connection (1947-1957)". The show features rarely seen paintings and drawings, as well as texts by Martin dating to 1957, the year of her first exhibition in New York. In September, the show travels to the University of New Mexico Art Museum.
✭ Portland Museum of Art in Maine is featuring through May 19 photographs by contemporary artist David Brooks Stess. The unsentimental 50 gelatin silver prints in "Blueberry Rakers", including portraits and landscapes, document the physical labor of blueberry harvesting and the social life enjoyed by migrant workers after a hard day of hand-raking. Stess spent more than 20 years photographing northern Maine's annual blueberry harvests. See images from Stess's "Maine Blueberry Harvest" gallery here and here.
In June, the museum opens "SHANGAA: Art of Tanzania", which will focus on the country's traditional arts and include 155 objects from private and institutional collections.
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✭ Continuing through June 30 at the Dallas Museum of Art is "Loren Mozley: Structural Integrity". Showcasing 18 works dating from the late 1930s through the 1970s, all from public and private collections, the exhibition is the first retrospective since 1978 of the Texas modernist's work. Mozley (1905-1989) spent some 37 years in the art department at the University of Texas at Austin. A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the show.
✭ A celebration of the book, "Bound Together: Seeking Pleasure in Books", at the University of New Mexico Art Museum, continues through May 25. Books of all kinds — limited-edition and unique artist books, pop-ups, medieval manuscript facsimiles, architectural folios, 19th Century photographic albums, and more — are on view. Of note are Henri Matisse's Le Florilege des Amours, Georgia O'Keeffe's Some Memories of Drawing, and a first edition of Frank Lloyd Wright's An Autobiography. The show includes work by such contemporary artists as Kara Walker, Julie Chen, and Enrique Chagoya.
✭ National Academy Museum, New York City, opens "Visualizing Time: An Artist's Eye with Andrew Raftery, NA" on May 23. The show, which will run through September 8 and feature a selection of narrative prints from the Academy's collection, will focus on how printmakers structure their representation of time. Tickets will be required to view the exhibition.